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At the Heart of Every Family Tradition Lies a Great Experience Worth Repeating

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At the Heart of Every Family Tradition Lies a Great Experience Worth Repeating

No matter when you decide to visit, you’ll likely find an event happening in the area. We host signature events like the Pequot Lakes Stars and Stripes Days in July. Have you been to the best St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Minnesota?! You’ll find the parade in Crosslake. How about kickin’ your boots up at Lakes Jam—the Lakes Area’s biggest country and rock fest. Other local businesses and communities host festivals, live music, and even fireworks. Make these popular events a family tradition.

Blue Ox Success Series: Hiring Secrets- What Employees Really Want

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Name: Blue Ox Success Series: Hiring Secrets- What Employees Really Want
Date: March 22, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT
Event Description:


Success Series: March 22, 2018 

Hiring Secrets- What Employees Really Want

Who Should Attend:


  • Business, Non-profit and Government Leaders
  • Small Business Owners and Managers
  • HR Professionals

About This Session:

Learn how to attract qualified, enthusiastic and reliable employees. Are your pay levels comparable to the market? Are your benefits all that they can be? How can you be creative with your employment options but still practical? What are employees looking for? Are your pay rates the bottom line or do you have other options that you can provide easily?

About The Speaker:
Mike Bjerkness is a Brainerd native and the lead in BLAEDC's Key Recruitment Program. Mike has been working in workforce development and recruiting for the Braienrd Lakes Area for the past 7 years. He specializes in several industries including but not limited to Information Technology, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Construction, Engineering, Bankin and the list goes on. His wide range of knowledge in multiple industries along with personal relationship makes him dedicated to hiring the best talent for the businesses of the Crow Wing County area.

Professional Affiliates/Memberships
2014 Graduate of the Lakes Area Leadership Group
Brainerd Rotary Club – Current Membership Chair
Brainerd Lakes Chamber – Past Chair, Ambassador Committee
Lakes Area Networking Group (LANG) – Past President
Central Lakes College Business Education
Lakes Area Manufacturing Alliance

About the Success Series:

The Blue Ox Business Academy's Success Series is a series of 90-minute professional development workshops held once per month from January through May. The goal is to give participants tangible, take away ideas that they can immediately apply to their work in order to gain new business, improve customer retention, save money, and/or market to new audiences. Geared for entrepreneurs, seasoned industry professionals, and budding leaders alike, the Success Series will give participants new ideas and strategies to immediately help grow their business and improve their professional lives.
Topics pertain to leadership, sales, marketing, customer service, technology, operations, and human resources.  


CTC Room
Brainerd Lakes Chamber Admin Office
224 W. Washington Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, March 22, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Contact Information:
Sue Galligan 218-822-7119
$25.00 - Non-Chamber Member
$20.00 - Chamber Member
Light Snacks & Water provided
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